The David Jones Elizabeth Street Store windows are a favourite Christmas Tradition that I personally love and go and see every year, but because I am currently based on the Gold Coast, I missed my tradition this year but my fabulous photographer Dave Petranker went and took some photos for me to share with you all 🙂
For the 2011 Christmas Windows, David Jones has bought the idea of family and tradition back to Christmas with the theme this year being “The Christmas Carol” with each individual window telling a story reflective of it’s Christmas Carol.Â The six animated windows have been in construction for approximately six months with an excess of 5,000 man hours being spent on the creation and installation of the windows.
The six iconic Christmas Carols include:
- We Wish You a Merry Christmas â€“ Dating back to England in the 16th century, this carol reflects the tradition of carollers singing carols in the village square.
- 12 Days of Christmas â€“ An English Christmas Carol that enumerates a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas.
- Little Drummer Boy â€“ The American Christmas carol was recorded in 1958 and tells the story of a poor boy who upon visiting the baby Jesus with no gift, proceeded to play the drum.
- While Shepherds Watch Their Flock At Night â€“ Dating back to 1704 and as one of the first carols authorized to be sung in the Anglican church, it describes the annunciation to the shepherds.
- Silent Night– Originating in Austria, this has become to most popular Christmas carol of all time. This window will also be the nativity scene.
- We Three Kings of Orient â€“ Written in 1857 by American reverend, John Henry Hopkins who is said to have written it for the church Christmas pageant.
The lyrics of each carol are written on the windows to encourage singing with a couple of windows adding a touch of humour to the theme … the windows will remain open until Christmas Day.
Photo’s courtesy of Dave Petranker
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